UK race team Carlin has announced a successful participation in its first day of Indycar testing today, at the Homestead-Miami Speedway with drivers Max Chilton and Charlie Kimball behind the wheel. Carlin’s preliminary tests are part of a four-day testing schedule for the team with two days at Homestead-Miami Speedway followed by two days at Sebring International Raceway.
“It’s a very exciting day for us as a team. It’s our first ever run with an Indy car at a shakedown test. It’s gone extremely well – we’ve had no technical issues whatsoever,” said racing director Trevor Carlin. “The car ran flawlessly which is a testament to Colin and his guys. We’re very happy and now tomorrow we can start pushing on with our test program.”
“That’s the completion of day one of testing for Carlin’s Verizon IndyCar Series 2018 program,” added Max Chilton, driver of the No. 59 Gallagher Chevrolet. “It’s been a boring winter, but it’s really exciting to be back on track. I was on track for a few hours today and we had no issues with the car, which is amazing considering Carlin has never run an Indy car. It was a great day, so now it’s just catching up on the many miles that other teams have done more than us.”
“We just finished up a really great shakedown day at Homestead on our first day with Carlin in INDYCAR. It was a new car and everything just went really well. Team Chevy brought a perfect engine to run and we were able to go out and do a bunch of laps to get a feel for the car,” concluded Charlie Kimball, driver of the No. 23 Tresiba Chevrolet. “The hard work will really start tomorrow, but we have a good car and a great baseline to go off of.”
Carlin has been a prominent name in the motorsports industry for almost two decades, and has been a major factor in developing some of today’s most accomplished drivers in the world. The team currently competes in the Verizon IndyCar Series, FIA Formula 2 Championship, Indy Lights Series, FIA Formula Three European Championship, EuroFormula Open, and the BRDC British F3 Championship. Overall Carlin has 24 championship titles and more than 380 victories, including wins in series as diverse as Formula 3, GP2 Series, Porsche Supercup and championship victories in Formula 4, FIA Formula 3, Indy Lights and Formula 3.5 World Series by Renault. Carlin’s UK race shop facility is located in Farnham, Surrey along with a dedicated U.S. race shop facility located in Delray Beach, Florida that serves as a base for the team’s INDYCAR and Indy Lights programs.